Vision of Ghanaian Girls and Women
We prioritize access to job opportunities, guidance and mentorship, resources such as land or capital, youth friendly services and creation of safe spaces, contraception, information and commodities for menstrual health management.
We are optimistic about reducing inequalities due to the support already being given to women and girls through access to education, business and career opportunities, the growing number of women thought leaders and mentorship programs. However, we believe the gender inequality gap will be greatly reduced when innovation is applied in the areas of practical skills training, increased financial literacy programs for women across all socio-economic divides. For those of us seeking employment, the lack of experience and skills is one of the biggest barriers to accessing jobs. For those of us starting our businesses, access to capital as well as mentorship to navigate critical aspects of our businesses are barriers. Unfortunately, we also face abuse in physical, verbal or sexual are some of the additional barriers in seeking employment or access resources for their businesses.
We believe that SRHR information will be accessible to more women and girls irrespective of their social or economic status. This will translate into better outcomes in terms of reproductive and maternal health. In the long term however, we believe that with better access to SRHR services and information, social barriers to education and other economic opportunities will be reduced.
Normalizing open and friendly dialogues with adolescent girls and boys, basic counseling services for all, as well as focused group discussions are innovative ways to compliment high level advocacy, constitution and institutional reforms to protect the rights of women and girls. While empowering women and girls, state institutions should be reformed to support the process.
Equal access to all levels of education will be achieved in Africa by 2030, we believe. We can achieve this through making education more inclusive for persons with disabilities and the marginalized; school supervision should be intensified; endorse affirmative action; expand infrastructure; support more vocational and technical programs and sustain the Skills Development Fund. Generally, they asked for more investment in getting girls interested science and mathematics.
We are were already leading solutions. We need the support of UN agencies, governments, CSOs and other stakeholders to do more.